We are the Latin America Committee
of German Business

The Latin America Committee of German Business (LADW) draws on the competence of industry to develop business cooperation between Germany and Latin America so as to render it more focused, more efficient, and ultimately more effective. The business-driven body is hosted by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin.

The new CEO Agenda for Economic Cooperation with Latin America


A publication by LADW and McKinsey & Company for decision-makers from politics and business.

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LADW Zitat

Andreas Renschler, LADW Chairman

„Latin America is an important and promising region for German companies. This is the conviction with which we compete.”


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About us

The LADW unswervingly represents the interests of German business vis-à-vis its economic and political partners in Germany and Latin America. It is committed to the consistent expansion of economic collaboration.

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OUR Members

Leading representatives of German business with a strong interest in Latin America are involved in the LADW. Get to know us.


News and More

Sunday Brief No°10 January 2019

What’s now at stake for us in Latin America

New presidents in Brazil and Mexico are daring to make a fresh start on a grand scale which is bound to turn the entire region upside down.

“Brazil and Mexico – two directions, one mandate: reform”

The decisive electoral victories of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil indicate the faith that the people of both countries have placed in change.

Change of government in Latin America’s most important markets

New presidents have taken office in Mexico and Brazil. How they will govern remains unknown. One thing is for sure: they are bound to change Latin America’s political and economic climate.


Germany among the worst performers in trade and investment in Latin America: LADW calls for a change of course

The LADW and McKinsey & Company presented the “CEO Agenda” study on economic cooperation with Latin America on the occasion of the Latin America-Caribbean Conference held by the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Times are changing in Latin America – why it’s worth taking a closer look

In his opinion piece, LADW chairman Andreas Renschler takes a look at the situation in Latin America.

Why Latin America?

Strategically positioned between Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the 650 million predominantly young consumers create an innovation-friendly market with great potential and with a GDP of US$ 5.5 billion. German companies have been making their way here for over a century.

Today they are viewed as part of society. Shared political, economic and social values make Latin America an important ally to Germany, particularly in key areas such as trade, climate protection and energy policy.


Degree of urbanisation 78 %
Votes at the United Nations 17 %
Access to world trade 70 %
Energy production from renewable sources 56 %
Share of the world's freshwater reserves 33 %

Key facts German industry in Latin America









What we want
More intensive economic cooperation with Latin America through the creation and promotion of active and collaborative relationships between governments and business.
Who we are
A representative selection of opinion-leaders and decision-makers from the German economy who believe in Latin America.
What we do
We provide actual impetus for economic cooperation with Latin America while calling for and promoting political support for such cooperation.